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Reaching for the Moon Review


Distinguished American wordsmith Elizabeth Bishop is renowned for her non-confessional, somewhat impersonal approach to poetry, as though peering in at the world from the outside and not always commenting from within. While certainly tender, she was sometimes described as being detached – and this Bruno Barreto biopic frustratingly abides by such a principle, almost shadowing […]

Bates Motel Season 2 Episode 3 Review – Caleb


In its previous episode, Bates Motel teased us with the revelation that the Bates family is bigger than we imagined, with her brother Caleb mentioned. While family reunions tend to be favourable affairs, this is one member whose presence is not welcome, following Norma’s explanation to Norman how her brother used to make her perform […]

Rerelease: The King and the Mockingbird Review


A significant mark in the history of animation, The King and the Mockingbird celebrates the 30th anniversary of its UK release with a fully restored theatrical release. Based on Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tale The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep, Paul Grimault’s interpretation takes place in an obscure kingdom powered by strings and pulleys and reigned […]

Game of Thrones Season 4 Episode 2 Review – ‘The Lion and the Rose’

The Lion and the Rose

Weddings in Westeros are dangerous things; the uniting of families – all at war with one another in some manner – means chaos in all shapes and sizes is likely to ensue. With the aftermath of ‘The Red Wedding’ long lingering in the memory, the events which unfold at King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) and Queen […]

The Love Punch Review


Though narrowly – and somewhat unfairly – missing out on an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of P.L. Travers in the brilliant Saving Mr. Banks, British actress Emma Thompson now returns with something a little lighter, but by no means more entertaining, as she stars alongside Pierce Brosnan in Joel Hopkins’ comedy caper, The Love […]

Wrinkles Review


Upon learning that a film is presented as an animation, you can’t help but assume the picture is targeting a younger crowd, hoping to win over both adults and children alike. However Ignacio Ferreras’ Wrinkles is certainly one for the former, as a poignant drama that handles a series of tragic themes, such as death, […]

Theatre: Once the Musical Review

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Once is a rare wonder of a show. Based on the Oscar-winning film, this Tony and Grammy-scooping musical will wound and lift your heart and demands to be seen. And if you can, see it before May 10th for a chance to witness Arthur Darvill stepping firmly out of the shadow of Doctor Who to […]

The Lunchbox Review


Now I don’t know about you, but whenever I’ve succumbed to having a packed lunch, it’s consisted mainly of a ham sandwich, cheese and onion crisps and a satsuma, or banana if I’m lucky. Irrfan Khan’s Saajan Fernandes, on the other hand, is treated to a selection of the most aromatic, delectable of Indian courses […]

The Quiet Ones Review


Hammer Films attempt to recapture its glory days with new horror The Quiet Ones, designed to play mind games while gradually unsettling the viewer as to the ethics of what transpires. It all sounds like a solid, nostalgic premise with a touch of the demonic – though reliant on our faith in what we’re witnessing […]

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Review


For all of the criticism that seemingly superfluous sequels, remakes and reboots receive, of which Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man trilogy came under great scrutiny, you simply can’t fault the superhero genre at present, with such a high calibre of production being churned out every few months. It seems to be a continuing trend, as […]

Theatre: Let the Right One In Review

let the right one in

When the Apollo Theatre’s roof partially collapsed last December, the Olivier Award-winning Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time had to up sticks and chase its tail elsewhere. Fast-forward four months and that same roof is very much at the forefront of your mind, but for completely different reasons. For if you gaze up […]

Bates Motel Season 2 Episode 2 Review – Shadow Of A Doubt


If last week’s season 2 premiere was anything to go by then Bates Motel is likely to bring yet more thrills and spills than ever before. With Norman’s state of mind ever-elapsing and Bradley also heading towards a downward spiral, the repercussions of last week’s episode would be fully felt in the latest entry into […]

Khumba: A Zebra’s Tale Review


Ice cool princesses on melodic voyages of self-discovery, are undeniably delightful. Yet sometimes one wants something a little more ferocious from a trip to the movies. With its roll call of eccentric characters and sweeping desert scapes, Khumba: A Zebra’s Tale provides an earnest and offbeat – if temporary - antidote to those sisters this Easter […]

Game of Thrones Season 4 Episode 1 Review – ‘Two Swords’

Game of Thrones - Two Swords

Finally after many cold months at the foot of The Wall, HBO’s hallmark production Game of Thrones returns, and it presents itself back to its international cavalcade of fans in truly spectacular style. The opening episode of Season 4 is one deeply rooted in family politics; be they marital, congressional or merely vengeful. One thing […]

Visitors Review


It may not be on everyone’s DVD shelf, but filmmaker Godfrey Reggio’s first film Koyaanisqatsi – released in 1982 – was a landmark piece of cinema. Comprised mainly of slow motion and time-lapse shots, the film had no narrative in the strict sense of the word, it simply observed our world, both human and natural, […]

Honour Review


The statistics for honour killings in the UK makes for a disquieting read. The idea that so many people are murdered for bringing shame upon their family or community, most of which are women, and predominantly for cultural and religious reasons, is inconceivable. It’s therefore somewhat refreshing to see a filmmaker, in this instance Shan […]

The Motel Life Review

The Motel Life

The Motel Life is adapted by Alan and Gabe Polsky, from the debut novel by American writer and musician Willy Vlautin, frontman of alt-country critical darlings Richmond Fontaine. Vlautin’s songs and novels chiefly deal with the disenfranchised no-hopers on the fringes of the American dream, desperate people who make desperate choices. And so it is […]

Rio 2 Review


With forthcoming sporting events such as the World Cup and the Olympics fast approaching, the bustling, effervescent city of Rio is seemingly the place to be, and thanks to Carlos Saldanha, the director of the eponymous children’s animation, we return to the Brazilian capital once again, in the anticipated sequel, Rio 2. In this instance, […]

Noah Review


Having been behind some of the most ingenious, avant-garde pictures of the past two decades, filmmaker Darren Aronofsky is now trying his hand at something a little more ambitious, with a considerably greater budget than he’s used to working with. Though eyebrows were suitably raised at his decision to tackle the immense story of Noah, […]

Divergent Review


16-year-old Beatrice Prior (Shailene Woodley) has been raised to be selfless above all things. Her parents belong to one of the five factions which govern society – Abnegation, Candor, Dauntless, Erudite and Amity – each member selected by a personality test which proscribes deviation from social mores and sets them on their life’s path. Faction […]

Twenty Feet From Stardom Review


For all the problems that come with the annual awards season frenzy, the great thing about it is that people who aren’t always in the foreground, but who are essential to a production can be appreciated, from sound design to visual effects. It’s fitting then that Twenty Feet From Stardom – a film which puts […]